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The State of Florida, in the southeastern region of the United States of America. Most of the state is a large peninsula with the Gulf of Mexico on its west and the Atlantic Ocean on its east. Most of the state has a humid subtropical climate, except for southern Florida, where the climate borders on tropical and the Florida Keys, which have a tropical climate. Florida was named by Juan Ponce de León, who landed on the peninsula on 2 April 1513, during Pascua Florida (Spanish for “Flowery Easter,” referring to the Easter season). Florida’s economy relies heavily on tourism. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama. It is near the countries of the Caribbean, particularly the Bahamas and Cuba. Florida’s extensive coastline made it a perceived target during World War II, so the government built airstrips all around the state. Today approximately 400 airports are still in service due to the coastal geography of the state. Florida is one of the largest states east of the Mississippi. Only Alaska and Michigan are larger in water area.
At 345 feet (105 m) above mean sea level, Britton Hill is the highest point in Florida and the lowest highpoint of any U.S. state. Contrary to popular belief, however, Florida is not entirely “flat.” Some places, such as Clearwater, feature vistas that rise 50 to 100 feet (15–30 m) above the water. Much of the interior of Florida, typically 25 miles (40 km) or more away from the coastline, features hills with elevations ranging from 100 to 250 feet (30–76 m) in many locations. Lake County holds the highest point of peninsular Florida, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 312 feet (95 m).
News from Jacksonville and Northern Florida from WLTV
Apr 20, 2014 7:35 pm
Warmer weather coming
Apr 20, 2014 5:47 pm
A 9-year-old was rescued from waters near Matanzas Inlet Sunday evening after being pulled away from shore by the ocean's currents.
Apr 20, 2014 5:14 pm
This Easter Sunday, hundreds of people turned out for the Easter Sunday community fest at Lonnie Miller Park.
Apr 20, 2014 4:34 pm
First Baptist Church of Oakland gives away Easter clothes to children in need
Apr 20, 2014 4:27 pm
Authorities are searching for a Gainesville man with the mental capacity of a 7-year-old.
Apr 20, 2014 12:54 pm
Two teens sped past St. Johns County Deputies Saturday night, went airborne, then landed in retention pond.
Apr 20, 2014 12:48 pm
The public will soon get a look inside an historic house hidden in trees near the Florida Governor's Mansion.
Apr 20, 2014 10:04 am
An investigation into a Sunday morning crash near downtown revealed a man with a gunshot to the back of his head.
Apr 19, 2014 6:51 pm
Large fire burns abandonded home on Westside
Apr 19, 2014 2:33 pm
Family and friends remember teenager at Keystone Heights Funeral
South Florida News from The Sun-Sentinel
Apr 21, 2014 5:04 am
BOSTON (Reuters) - Some 36,000 athletes, including Kenyan and Ethiopian runners who are consistently ranked among the world's fastest, will run in the 118th Boston Marathon on Monday, putting the worl...
Apr 21, 2014 4:00 am
Q: Now that the Interstate 595 reconstruction is nearing completion, what about plans for the cross streets? Pine Island Road is jammed approaching the interstate from Nova Drive.
Apr 21, 2014 1:04 am
Several thousand worshippers got up early Sunday for Calvary Chapel's first Easter service in 30 years without the founder of the megachurch, Pastor Bob Coy.
Apr 21, 2014 12:53 am
Heat star's efficient 21 points show he's healthy – for now Again and again after making a riveting shot, Dwyane Wade pointed to the AmericanAirlines Arena floor with both hands and shouted...
Apr 20, 2014 11:20 pm
In the end, Heat 99, Bobcats 88 was more than enough Sunday at AmericanAirlines Arena, a postseason-opening victory that allowed the Heat to regain some traction after a sloppy close to the regular se...
Apr 20, 2014 8:08 pm
There will be no leap off Mount Everest on live television.
Apr 20, 2014 7:16 pm
The Heat open the NBA playoffs at AmericanAirlines Arena against a Charlotte Bobcats franchise looking for its first playoff victory, with the Heat having won the past 16 regular-season meetings.
Apr 20, 2014 5:40 pm
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Marvel's superhero in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" claimed a third straight box office win, collecting $26.6 million at the domestic box office to b...
Apr 20, 2014 4:02 pm
Coastal areas emerging as a national modelWASHINGTON — While the nation looks for solutions to the problem of rising sea levels, some coastal communities in Florida are taking action to save...
Apr 20, 2014 3:59 pm
A couple of times a week, Steve Stahl is startled out of his sleep by a train horn.
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